Mumbai, Maharashtra: Measles outbreak does not seem to die down in the capital of Maharashtra. Today once again 11 new cases have been reported in the metropolis and one suspect has died. With fresh cases, the number of infections in the metropolis has gone up to 303 so far this year, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said on Monday. The death toll from measles has risen to eight within this span of time. The one-year-old girl, who died on Monday in the Andheri area of the city, had not been vaccinated, the statement said.
The BMC will vaccinate 1,34,833 children in the age group of nine months to five years, the civic body said in a statement. They will get an additional dose (special dose) from December 1 at 33 health posts. A total of 3,496 children in the age group of six to nine months in 13 health posts where cases of measles below nine months have been reported will also be given an additional dose of the measles-rubella vaccine. BMC has so far surveyed 53,66,144 houses and detected 4,062 cases of fever and body rashes.
According to the measles patient bulletins in the hospitals, measles outbreaks have been reported from 21 locations in 10 of Mumbai’s 24 civic wards. Patients infected with measles were isolated or admitted for treatment in eight hospitals that include Kasturba Hospital, Shivaji Nagar Maternity Home, Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rajawadi Hospital, Shatabdi Hospital, Kurla Bhabha Hospital and Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Hospital and Seven Hills Hospital. Such an outbreak has instilled fear among the citizen as the spread of the coronavirus was such that it lead to an entire pandemic for the past 2 years.